Local History Alive: The People Who Came Before: Indians Along the Lakeshore

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Date(s) - 15/02/2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lester Public Library


Dr. Kerry Trask will present an overview of pre-discovery human life in Manitowoc County. Join us as we follow along with the Paleo hunting bands that stalked mastodons and barren-ground caribou at the end of the Ice Age, through the Old Copper culture and Effigy Mound builders, then on to the Great Migration of tribal peoples in the 17th century. Finally, we’ll arrive at the Indian settlements in Manitowoc County in historical time, from the arrival of French fur traders in the late 18th century to the final departure of the tribal people in the 1860s.

Kerry Trask, professor emeritus of history with the University of Wisconsin Colleges, taught at UW-Manitowoc from 1972 until his retirement in 2008. He has written extensively about the early history of the Great Lakes Region. His work in this regards includes the award-winning books, Fire Within: A Civil War Narrative from Wisconsin and Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America. He is a graduate of Hamline University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Professor Trask serves on the board of the Spirit of the Rivers monument project and is a permanent fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.